Musings of a Chicago-Born New Yorker

Fifty by Age 50

[Last Updated January 9, 2017]

The husband and I have decided that we will do better at accomplishing goals if we make lists. Both he and I are list people, and we’ve made some lists together. We both love to travel, but we keep acting like we are tethered to home.

We have no kids, we have no mortgage. We’re young and we make good money. So we are going to get back into travel. As teenagers and college students, we both did a ton of travelling. We’ve both been to China. And we are going to go to a lot more places together.

We have decided we’re gonna go to every state in the United States of America and we sat down during our honeymoon and picked fifty countries we will make every effort to visit by the time we’re 50.

Some of the countries listed are places one or both of us have been, but we want to travel to these places together. I’ve got more travel experience in the Caribbean, and the husband has been to Europe. But in the next 22 and a half years, we’ll make it happen.

I’m sure at this point you’re dying to know which countries we picked. But I’m going to first talk about states. I’m thinking we should include their districts and territories too. Here’s our list:

Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Marianas Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

I know that’s more than 50, but it’s not our fault the U.S. is so territorial. On to the 50 countries:

Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, United Arab Emirates.

Even thought only about half of these are places neither of us have been, nothing gets crossed of until we go together. I took a weekend off next month, and we’re still trying to decide where to go. Maybe we’ll hit up Canada and cross that off. Or maybe Memphis so we can do Tennessee and Mississippi.

Having this list gives us a sense of urgency about actually travelling. It’s so easy to worry about money or being in town for important gigs. The next thing you know, a year has passed and the furthest we’ve gone is back and forth to Indianapolis and St. Louis and Chicago. That was pretty much our 2011. But no more!

Wish us happy travels.

5 responses

  1. Setting your goals by committing them to paper is a good thing according to the experts I listen to. Being able to see the goal in my opinion helps me. Happy travels you two and congratulations. Thank you for following my blog. Whenever a female blogger follows my blog I always ask them to read one of my favorite posts. I hope you like it:

    February 27, 2012 at 11:58

  2. Awesome goals. And you have to tell me when you come to Georgia. If you want to visit some nearby states at a decent price and some adventure, check Megabus. Apparently it goes to alot of places for the low-low. My girlfriends and I are planning a weekend trip to Memphis in May via the Megabus

    February 29, 2012 at 13:46

    • I’ve only done Megabus once, and it’s not really a great way for me to travel. I need more space and less cough-infested strangers. I’m all for a road trip in a gas-efficient vehicle though!

      March 4, 2012 at 02:53

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